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councillor up for lover's death

By Frank Maponya | Sep 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AN ANC councillor in the Lepelle-Nkumpi municipality in Limpopo has been arrested for allegedly hiring hitmen to kill her estranged boyfriend.

Patricia Mphahlele, a councillor in Ward 20, was arrested on Sunday after four men who had earlier been arrested in connection with the brutal killing of Manale Coloured Motebejane implicated her.

The four men, whose ages range from 19 to 28 years, allegedly made a written confession to the police, hence Mphahlele's arrest.

Motebejane, 49, was killed in his sleep at his house in Mamaolo village on August 16.

Police discovered his body in a pool of blood.

He had a gaping wound that the police believed was inflicted with a sharp object.

A few bricks, which police believed were used to kill him, were also found lying next to his body.

The couple had been separated for some time and Mphahlele had allegedly told her estranged boyfriend's family that she was going to kill him in revenge.

She also allegedly boasted to the family that she would never be arrested since she was an ANC member who also had connections in the police service.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Ronel Otto confirmed yesterday that Mphahlele had been arrested and charged with conspiracy to the murder of Motebejane.

She said Mphahlele was expected to appear in the Thabamoopo magistrate's court today.

According to the deceased's sister Jane Motebejane, Mphahlele was separated from Motebejane after "irreconcilable" differences.

But because "Mphahlele wanted a piece of Motebejane's estate she resolved to kill him".

"What surprises us is that Mphahlele did not hide the fact that she was going to hire people to kill my brother," she said.

ANC provincial spokesperson Ishmael Kgetjepe yesterday said one of the party's key programmes was to fight crime and corruption.

"Anybody implicated in a crime will have to face the full might of the law, irrespective of whether that person is our member or not," he said.

Otto said investigations were continuing on the matter.


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